Rashid Latif, a former Pakistan captain, believes Virat Kohli’s rough patch with the willow has lasted far too long and that it is now time for him to score big runs for India. Kohli has not been in the best of form in international cricket in recent years, with his 71st international century eluding him for over two years.
Virat Kohli last scored an international century in November 2019 and has since failed to reach the triple-figure mark across formats despite several promising starts. In his most recent outing, which also happened to be Kohli’s 100th Test, the batting maestro looked in fine form as he got off to a good start. Kohli, on the other hand, failed to get a big knock for the second time in a row.
Rashid Latif on Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was bowled by Sri Lankan spinner Lasith Embuldeniya for 45 runs in his 100th Test match. Latif believes Kohli will score a century soon as his century drought continues. Kohli’s struggles were also discussed by Latif, who stated that he needs to get back in the game as soon as possible.
“It is time for him to score runs. The bad patch has gone for too long. He has got a great chance here. People are very concerned over his century, but I think he will be slamming a hundred either in this Test or in the next two-three games,” Latif said.
“Some players don’t believe in data when they’re in a good patch. It is time for him to to go data analysts. The problem is he has an open stance and chasing deliveries outside off. The opposition has worked on this weakness. He has to lessen the number of dot balls he plays. He has to be more aggressive. He has to fasten his initial movement. He is farther from the ball with his open stance. Being late is fine, being very late is dangerous”, he added.